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Anniversary of 9/11 Attacks: A Day for Patriotism and Service

September 11, 2015

As we reflect on the lives we lost and pay tribute to the families who still live with extraordinary pain, let us resolve to continue embodying the American spirit that no act of terror can ever extinguish.

President Obama, September 10, 2015

To mark the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on America, President Obama is asking all Americans to observe today as an officially designated Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance, with acts of selflessness and charity. 

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The Current State of Energy Technology

September 10, 2015

This week, the newest iPhones were released to the world. For most of us, it is a reminder that in an age of rapid technological leaps, it can be hard to keep up with the latest advances.

When it comes to energy, however, you can read about what’s new on the device that’s in your pocket. That’s because today, the Department of Energy (DOE) released the second Quadrennial Technology Review (QTR), which explores the current state of technologies in key energy sectors and the R&D opportunities available in the mid-term.  

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ScaleUp America: Flipping the Switch for Growth

September 10, 2015

You start a new business funded by the savings of your family and friends. You feel a heavy weight. You work harder than you ever have to perfect your product, open your doors, manage your working...

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Back-to-School Means More International Trade in Education

September 10, 2015

Guest blog post by John Siegmund, International Trade Specialist, International Trade Administration
As the summer comes to an end, millions of students are returning to campuses all over the country.  A good portion of these students are coming from abroad. Did you know that the tuition and living expenses of foreign students make up an important services export?  In 2013 the total came to $27 billion in U.S. exports, roughly twice the amount of a decade ago.  The total number of international students has also grown steadily. 

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Expanding Small Business Owners’ Access to Our Data with Census Business Builder

September 10, 2015

Cross-post from the U.S. Census Bureau's Director's Blog
The U.S. Census Bureau is the premiere source of data about America’s economy and businesses, and we’re committed to making our data more accessible than ever before. I’m pleased to introduce our latest tool in that effort: Census Business Builder: Small Business Edition.

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5 Steps for Protecting Your Trade Secrets

September 10, 2015

The Coca Cola formula and KFC recipe are two of the most valuable, closely-guarded trade secrets around. But you don’t have to be a large corporation to have highly valuable trade secrets....

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The Countdown to Manufacturing Day

September 09, 2015

All over the country, manufacturing companies and other organizations are preparing to host an anticipated 400,000 people who want to experience American manufacturing up close and in person. On October 2, 2015, the fourth annual Manufacturing Day (MFG Day) will simultaneously increase public awareness about what and where manufacturing is, provide some with a pathway toward a new career, and demonstrate manufacturing’s value to the United States’ economy.

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The Economic Development Administration: Doing Our Part to Ensure Americans are Prepared to Work

September 09, 2015

The Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is the only federal agency solely focused on economic development. While economic development can take many forms (e.g., infrastructure, technical assistance, planning), workforce development is an especially critical tool to strengthening America’s workforce. Ensuring that American workers are trained with the skills they need to compete in the 21st century economy is a high priority for President Obama and the Administration, the Department of Commerce, and EDA.

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Follow Along: Our 2015 Back-to-School Tour

September 09, 2015 Over the course of the next week and a half, Administration officials are hitting the road for schools and communities across the country. Follow along right here. Read More

Fire Fighting Research & Practice: From the Lab to the Street

September 09, 2015

Dan Madrzykowski, Fire Protection Engineer, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Since 1974, civilian deaths from fire in the United States have been reduced by more than 50 percent. Unfortunately, injuries and fatalities of firefighters are not being reduced at the same rate. In fact, the rate of firefighter fatalities on the fireground (that’s where a fire is fought) has increased. My research colleagues and I at the National Institute of Standards and Technology are looking into why. 

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